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Spurs land Crouch as Toure heads to City

TOTTENHAM manager Harry Redknapp says forward Darren Bent is close to joining Sunderland.

Bent is no longer needed at Spurs after England international Peter Crouch joined from Portsmouth on Monday to link up with fellow strikers Robbie Keane, Jermain Defoe and Roman Pavlyuchenko.

"We now have four strikers as it looks like Darren Bent could move. I believe he is close to doing a deal with Sunderland," Redknapp said.

Spurs is trying to recoup much of the 16.5 million pounds (then US$33million) it paid Charlton for Bent two years ago. Bent has scored 25 goals in 79 appearances, of which only 43 were starts.

Crouch, 28, completed his move late on Monday, which was too late to join Tottenham on its trip to China for the English Premier League's Asia Trophy tournament.

"He has had a medical and everything was fine," Redknapp said in Beijing.

Redknapp said Crouch, who stands over 2 meters tall, would give his side a different option.

"He is different to almost anyone else in the league in terms of his size and the way he plays the game so I am pleased to have him. With him, Robbie (Keane) Jermain Defoe and (Roman) Pavlyuchenko we have a good strike-force."

Also, Arsenal defender Kolo Toure looks set to join Manchester City after the clubs agreed on a 14-million pound (US$23 million) transfer fee.

The Ivory Coast international was heading to Manchester to negotiate personal terms and to undergo a medical examination.

City wants Toure to bolster its central defense after failing to sign John Terry from Chelsea and Joleon Lescott from Everton.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has confirmed that Toure could leave Arsenal despite featuring in a preseason friendly on Monday night in Hungary.

"We will see what's happening in the next 24 hours, nothing is decided yet," Wenger said.

Since joining Arsenal in 2002, Toure made 326 appearances in his seven seasons with Arsenal, scoring 14 goals. Toure would be reunited at City with Emmanuel Adebayor, the Togo striker who left Arsenal earlier this month.


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